- distracted; deeply agitated.
- mentally deranged; crazed.
Origin of distraught
Examples from the Web for distraught
Distraught, confused and ashamed, both men broke down in the courtroom, weeping like children and begging for forgiveness.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
Distraught, she wrote her poem on the subway on the way to the event.Defying Stereotypes, Young Muslim Writers Find Community Onstage
October 12, 2014
She was distraught and sad walking through a park on Long Island when she joined a drum circle on a whim.Drums Aren’t Just for Music: They’re Therapy, Too
July 21, 2014
Zaun sat on the bleachers with distraught looking supporters, his face set expressionless but colored crimson red.The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention
June 23, 2014
Close was so distraught by the alteration that she initially refused to take part in the re-shoot.Return of the Bunny Boiler: Fatal Attraction’s World Stage Premiere
March 26, 2014
She burst into a little peal of laughter as she looked into his distraught face.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
The children were distraught and restless, and things went wrong.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
I should have known that she was not herself, that she was frightened and nervous and distraught.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
She was ill, distraught, perhaps even—God help her I—perhaps even mad.The Manxman
In her distraught state of mind she had scarcely pondered that contingency.The Sea-Hawk
- distracted or agitated
- rare mad
Word Origin and History for distraught
late 14c., alteration (Englishing) of earlier distract (perhaps by association with other past participle forms in -ght, such as caught, bought, brought), mid-14c., past participle of distracten "derange the intellect of, drive mad" (see distract).